Chennai: The Army on struggled to evacuate thousands of residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century.
Predictions of incessant rainfall by the weather office meant that the army had to work on a war footing to rescue survivors trapped in inundated parts of Chennai, India’s fourth most populous city.
The Indian Air Force has pressed into service three aircraft to evacuate hundreds of passengers stranded at the Chennai airport where operations were suspended due to heavy rains and water logging on the runway.
NDRF teams have doubled the number of their rescuers in the rain and flood-battered Chennai and adjoining areas to 1,200 even as the force decided to penetrate deep into the affected areas to aid the marooned.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Chennai and its suburbs. The Chief Minister, who was in a chopper, witnessed first hand the damage caused by the monsoon fury, officials said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Chennai to take stock of the situation arising out of the floods.
Given the alarming situation in Tamil Nadu, I have ordered the suspension of toll collection on all National Higways in the state till Dec 11, 2015, Nitin Gadkari said. He added that order has been issued to ease rescue, relief & rehab operations being undertaken by various central and state agencies.
No rain in T Nagar and Saidapet areas of Chennai for the last four hours,
PM Modi meets Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa and Governor K Rosaiah at INS Adyar
PM Modi conducts aerial survey of flood affected areas
Indian Air Force brings rescued people from Chennai to Hyderabad.
PM Modi reaches INS Adyar in Chennai, meets CM J Jayalalithaa
Six boats of NDRF with 211 personnel deployed for flood relief in Andhra Pradesh, says Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha
People who had tickets for Chennai or from Chennai can use it from/for 10 other locations in South India, says Ashwini Lohani, CMD, Air India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches INS Rajali in Arakkonam.
Air India to operate special flight to Arrakonam Naval Air Station from Hyderabad to bring back stranded passengers: Air India spokesperson
Central government monitoring situation, providing all necessary help: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar
Need of hour is to provide drinking water, food & get marooned people out of danger. That’s what our teams are focused on: RK Dhowan
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in Chennai and its suburbs.
The Chief Minister, who was in a chopper, witnessed first hand the damage caused by the monsoon fury, officials said.
Later she took stock of the issue with the senior officials, they said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha on Chennai rains
MeT Dept has predicted heavy rainfall for the next 2-3 days
About 40% of the mobile and telephone connections are not working.
PM Modi will do an aerial survey today and appropriate steps will be taken after that.
Out of NDRF’s 30 teams, 2 have been deployed in Pondicherry.
Chennai Railway station has been shut due to water logging
The death toll so far is 269
Next 48 hours, entire Tamil Nadu coast is going to receive fairly widespread rainfall with isolated heavy to very heavy: L S Rathore, IMD DG
Air India Statement for flights to and from Chennai
Air India will honour and accept any ticket issued by it from/to Chennai for travel from/to nearest airport like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Vishakhapatnam, Kozhikode, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Vijayawada, Tirupati till December 15, 2015 without any additional charge.
IAF airlift 200 stranded people from Chennai, being brought to Air base in Begumpet (Telangana)
IAF to evacuate stranded passengers from Chennai airport
The Indian Air Force has pressed into service three aircraft to evacuate hundreds of passengers stranded at the Chennai airport where operations were suspended due to heavy rains and water logging on the runway
Two C-17 from ‘INS Rajali’ airbase in Arakkonam, about 60 km west of Chennai, and one C-130 J aircraft at Tambaram airbase, have been stationed for reconnaissance missions.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa will conduct an aerial survey of flood affected areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallu.
Speaking to media, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Home Secretary is continuously monitoring the situation. I had a conversation with PM Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. We are providing all necessary help.”
Saddened by loss of human lives & serious damage: President
“Saddened by loss of human lives & serious damage to infrastructure in Chennai due to heavy rains. My prayers and good wishes are with the people of Tamil Nadu during this difficult time,” said the President on Twitter.
President further added, “Confident the people of Tamil Nadu will overcome this tragedy with fortitude and dignity.”
“Seven more NDRF teams have reached. We will evacuate more people and move them to safer places. Now we have more than 100 boats in action there and 29 teams present, ” says NDRF DG OP Singh.